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7 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a photo

Summer is my favorite season.  Nice picture. Ha Ha

7 days ago
8 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

Your angry insistence that rights can be violated and injustice done is pointless, since the subject of discussion was one case out of many in which those things had been done.

I wonder if you would have been so resentful of the victim of injustice, or so quick to presume his guilt, if he had not been Muslim.  


The following is quoted from a Facebook post, for 2 reasons. First, it is about an issue in Canada, and the author of the pos
8 days ago
11 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

There's an interesting argument: "inalienable" doesn't mean "inalienable".  Sure, if a word doesn't mean what it is defined to mean, then anything is possible.  Except for meaningful communication of ideas, that is.

So, the right to a fair trial, you say, should only be extended to those "who follow the laws of civilised conduct"-- in other words, those who obey the law.  The flaw in that logic is self-evident.  The PURPOSE of a trial is to determine whether or not the accused obeyed the law or not, isn't it?

I don't personally know Ben Selinger, but I believe he is Canadian.  You and he may disagree whether a basic respect for human rights and your Constitution are considered part of your national principles.  I can only say that I believe that upholding the principles of justice is the duty of all rational civilized human beings everywhere.

I agree that it was the US, under the Bush administration, that perpetrated the gross injustice against Khadr, and should have been the source of compensation for him and for every other person similarly treated.  I don't know when or if the Canadian government made an effort to intercede once it was known a juvenile Canadian citizen was being unjustly imprisoned.  So, you are right to be angry at one or both governments.

But, since there is obvious and considerable doubt whether Khadr even did anything illegal, and the fact that, even if he did, he was shot nearly to death, then imprisoned and tortured for 10 years, more than sufficient punishment, there is no real reason for resentment toward him.

Radicalized?  Maybe.  Sometimes young people believe what they are taught by adults they depend on.  They learn the prejudices, the hatred, from relatives and friends.  Just imagine, hating people because of a religion!  Who would do that?  Yet there are Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and maybe even Buddhists who harbor irrational prejudices against those who believe differently.

Many, with the right approach, can unlearn the harmful ideas they have acquired.  Torture and indefinite imprisonment are probably not the right approach.  Personally, I try to reason with them, appealing to their higher nature.  Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't.


The following is quoted from a Facebook post, for 2 reasons. First, it is about an issue in Canada, and the author of the pos
11 days ago
13 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

If everyone who is wounded and disabled in combat could successfully sue the enemy for the injury, perhaps that would end all wars.  No nation, and certainly no soldier, could afford that.  Let's suggest that to the UN.

Unfortunately, none of the war-making governments would ratify this addition to international law.

You can, if you like, jump to the conclusion that he is actually guilty of more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Perhaps you believe it should be a crime to violently resist invading Americans, or that justice is optional if the accused's religion is not on the approved list.

My question, "What is justice worth?" doesn't really have an answer.  Justice is priceless.  What sum of money would you take to give up your right to a fair trial?  What would you ask in return for 10 years in prison with torture and constant interrogation, never knowing when it might end?

It's not a choice anyone would likely make in advance.  I think most of us would choose to live in a society that tries its best to provide justice to all, and when it fails, admits its mistakes and tries to make it right.


The following is quoted from a Facebook post, for 2 reasons. First, it is about an issue in Canada, and the author of the pos
13 days ago
14 days ago
cosmicrat added new blog post

The following is quoted from a Facebook post, for 2 reasons. First, it is about an issue in Canada, and the author of the pos
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15 days ago
cosmicrat added 3 new photos to album cosmicrat's photos
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20 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

It's obvious that mistakes were made, but it doesn't appear that she was trying to harm the college.  

I'm sure you noticed the line in the story "The complaint against Jane Sanders was filed by Brady Toensing, who was the Vermont campaign chairman for Donald Trump during his run for president as a Republican."

Do I detect a note of glee that Bernie, through his wife, might be punished because he disappointed you by not...winning, or running as a 3rd party candidate?


She took down a college with stupid financial decisions and she doesn't care and neither does Bernie. http://www.politico.co
20 days ago
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